If America ever needed Spirit baptized people who pray in tongues day and night, the time is now. We need REVIVAL! And revival starts with the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The great awakening in Ephesus, told about in Acts 19, started with the Apostle Paul asking, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" The result: the Word preached in power, extraordinary miracles accompanying it, followed by regional transformation! Revival: it can still happen!
Great testimonies of God’s blessings followed by a challenging call to leave carnal childishness behind and to grow up. What is the engine in your life? Is it body, soul or spirit? Are you still dealing with problems you had years ago when you should be advancing?
Did you ever wonder why the Bible has SO many lists of names? Name after name! In some places it's chapter after chapter of lists of names! It doesn't just say, "There were 24 Levites performing the service of the Tabernacle..." But it lists their names, even whose sons they were! There's a reason for that. God did that to show us something. God knows our names. He cares about each and every one of us. And he is writing down EVERYTHING we do for him. What do you want to be written about you?
There IS privilege in our society. Some genuinely have it easier than others. But privilege is not something to be ashamed of or guilty over... if it is used for others. Pastor Joe transparently shares what growing up privileged allowed him to do. His privilege came from two amazing dads who grew up without privilege, but astonishingly worked their way into privilege in order to help others.
The world is spinning with problems. You may be facing problems. There are racial problems. There are injustice problems. There are health problems. There are financial problems. But in reality, if there's a problem somewhere, it ultimately is really... a worship problem! We were meant to worship the one true God. When we align with that created purpose, amazing wonderful things happen.
In this day of heightened sensitivity to racial injustices, Pentecostals, of all people, should be those who are paving the way for racial harmony and unity. Pentecostalism is rooted in diversity, and its distinctive practice of speaking in tongues is a divine reminder of the power to break through every man-made and demonic barrier.
In this day of rancor, debate, and accusation in politics, media, and even the church world, it seems to be a forgotten phrase that Jesus once spoke: "Blessed are the Peacemakers." The New Testament clearly teaches that it is peace among one another that God values. Indeed, a specific blessing comes to one who is a peacemaker.
During this COVID-19 crisis, there are a lot of disagreements being expressed: with governing authorities and with one another. What is the response and attitude God wants us to have when we disagree? We also take communion at the end. Feel free to get yourself some bread and juice and join in!
In the midst of everybody being isolated at home during this pandemic, we felt it was important to gather and interact together as best we can this Easter. Thus our Church Family Easter with some fun worship with the families of our worship leaders and a time for church members to challenge and encourage one another.